REVIEW: When Walls Can Talk by Cate Dean
A missing prince. A haunted castle. A dangerous man bent on ruling the kingdom – whatever the cost.
When Rosamond and her friend Dan head out on her birthday to explore an abandoned and haunted castle, they expect to find only a ghost or two. Instead they discover the missing prince, and stumble into the middle of a violent, desperate bid for the throne.
In order to save the injured Prince Jaren, and themselves, Rosamond must reach beyond her own violent past to find her courage, and Dan must find the way to his true self.
Their only help is a children’s story come to life: an ancient sorcerer whose soul has been trapped in the walls of the castle for centuries.
Can they keep the prince alive long enough to bring him home safe?
Can they defeat the man who would be king?
For her birthday Rosamond wants to visit a haunted castle and see if the legends she read about in books are true. Is there really a sorcerer trapped within its walls? Rose and Dan get way more than they bargained for and quickly realize they need to fight for their lives as well as that of their prince and put their trust in talking walls if they hope to escape alive.
This is a very fast paced adventure full of magic, compassion and trust. It was very well written and extremely descriptive. Cate Dean makes the world come to life and lets you really “see” everything that is happening as its happening. There is some switching of characters POV so you really get the big picture of how dire their situation. I think this would have made an excellent novel with some more background about Haneh and how he came to be trapped inside the castle’s walls, possibly a flashback or two of Rose’s before she came to be a lady in waiting for the Queen, and of course more background on Arthur and why he kidnapped Prince Jaren.
One thing that really bothered me while reading this; the Queen is never given an actual name. She is always referred to as “milady”, which I found extremely annoying towards the end. Despite this small nuance, I really enjoyed reading this novella, it kept me entertained throughout and I did not want to put it down till I was done. I was happily surprised by the ending, as I thought things were going to turn out differently, but for all the torture and fear that dominate the first ¾’s of the story it has a very happily-ever-after type of ending.
When Walls Can Talk can be found at Amazon: When Walls Can Talk – A YA Fantasy Novella
For more about the author visit: http://catedeanwrites.com/
Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.